Fulham manager Martin Jol believes the club are better off for the departure of striker Bobby Zamora.
The 31-year-old this week left Craven Cottage for West London rivals QPR in a deal that could be worth more than £6million.
There has been much speculation in recent months of a rift between Zamora and Jol, although the pair have always been quick to play down such talk.
But the Fulham boss was on Thursday again coy when asked about their relationship, despite admitting it was a good time for the striker to leave.
"The talk of a rift wasn't just over the past couple of weeks, it was over the last couple of months and probably since August," said Jol.
"Bobby wanted to move so we had to wait for a good offer and QPR made a good offer.
"It was only a matter of making a decision of whether to keep him or let him go.
"I had the opportunity to get somebody else, who is a bit younger in Pavel (Pogrebnyak).
"(I would) not (say he is) better, because Bobby was a good player for us so all credit to him. It was just about making a decision for us.
"I think in the games he played he always gave 100 per cent, but if players ask for a move, you get the impression (he doesn't want to be here).
"If you ask your boss to move, I think he will get the impression you don't want to work for him.
"That is the only impression I got. He wanted to move."
He added: "We have a good atmosphere here, a good spirit and they all want to play for the club.
"You have to appreciate for me the most important thing is that they want to play for Fulham and that they want to play with their heart."